How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Go-Alongs

Margarethe Kusenbach

INTRODUCTION

Having emerged less than fifteen years ago, research based on mobile methods is a young and developing form of inquiry. While there are many examples of scholars using, in effect, mobile methods before the turn of the twenty-first century in anthropology, sociology and some other disciplines (e.g. Kozol, 1995; Lynch, 1960), systematic applications and methodological reflections of mobile methods are more recent, with the earliest articles published in the 2000s (Anderson, 2004; Ingold, 2004; Kusenbach, 2003; McDonald, 2005). From then on, and especially since around 2010, the literature on mobile methods has grown dramatically in both volume and coverage. Mobile methods are now explored in a wide variety of academic disciplines, from communication to geography to health ...

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